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2005 Shore Sailor of the Year

May 6, 2015 | By admin

Published: Friday, April 29, 2005
By JO1 (SW) Jason McKnight – Navy Compass

CORONADO, Calif. – Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Robert F. Willard selected Yeoman 1st Class (SW/AW) Sherry Strothers as the Shore Sailor of the Year for 2005.

Strothers will continue on to the CNO Shore SOY competition in Washington, D.C., in May, where if she wins, she’ll be meritoriously promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

Stationed at Special Boat Team 12 (SBT 12) on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Strothers works long hours ensuring her command’s Sailors financial and personal concerns are taken care of so they can concentrate on their duties in the special warfare (SPECWAR) community.

Co-workers who work with the Chicago native say Strothers is easy to work with, and deserving of the recognition as Shore SOY.

“She came in from outside the (SPECWAR) community and into a high-stress office environment, and made it run smoothly,” said YN2 Patrice Mucerino, SBT 12 administrative assistant. “The way she runs the office, there is an automatic mutual respect from both sides of the counter.”

Mucerino said YN1’s sincere dedication to both co-workers and customers inspires those around her to motivate themselves so they don’t let her down.

“She’s tough, but especially so on herself,” said Mucerino. “She doesn’t slack off, and because she doesn’t, we won’t either.”

Strothers said she thinks leaders can set a good example by really getting involved and active in their command, and by taking the tough, thankless jobs that nobody wants.

“For example, I volunteered for command DAPA (Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor), which is normally an E-7 position here,” said Strothers. “You have to be willing to work hard, come in early, stay late, and do it all not because you expect a pat on the back, but because you want to do a good job.”

Strothers said she also thinks that everyone can be SOY material, even if nobody grants that title to them.

“You can succeed without somebody giving you a title,” she said. “Set the example, get education outside the Navy, volunteer in your local community, and truly care about and support your people.

Lt. Kevin Young, administration officer at SBT 12, said Strothers won SOY because first and foremost she is a true team player.

“She takes pride in taking care of Sailors, whether she’s helping them with a personal or a professional issue,” said Young. “She leans over backwards to take care of them.”

Young said Strothers routinely works harder, stays later, and works on her own time to get the job done, and takes challenges on herself to make the command run better.

“She took an airman under her wing who came to the command with some problems,” said Young. “Now, that airman’s been transformed into someone the command can depend on, but that sort of thing is routine for YN1.”

Young said her service in the Navy is a blueprint of success, including community involvement, personal awards for significant contributions to the Navy, college education, and her choice of challenging duty assignments.
“When I saw her record, I was surprised she wasn’t already a Chief,” said Young. “It’s an honor to work with her.”

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